While many jumped and celebrated through the streets of Georgetown during Friday’s Mashramani costume parade, over 30 persons in the East Coast village of Plaisance became homeless.
A mid-afternoon fire ripped through two buildings in the community. The fire started in an old hotel that houses several tenants. The wooden buildings which is more than fifty years old, was quickly engulfed and gutted by the fire within minutes. A young child had to be rescued through the window of the building.
Most of the persons who lived in the building were believed to be at the Mashramani celebrations when the tragedy struck. The fire quickly moved its away to a nearby building and also gutted that property.
Some of those who lived in the building gathered in disbelief as they recounted that they were unable to save anything. An investigation has been launched.
The Regional Democratic Council has indicated that it will put temporary shelter arrangements in place to assist those affected by the fire.